National Geographic : 2007 Jan
LETTERS of the beholder, but the pain dwells in your feet. VYTAUTAS MATULIONIS Cleveland Heights, Ohio Who would think that a feature on shoes would be so interest ing? It reminded me of some thing that happened while on a visit to Germany. My two sons and I went to Dachau. In the museum, there was a huge picture of shoes piled up into a pyramid in a large room. That picture remains with me today. Those empty shoes had so much to tell as to what happened to their owners. RICHARD HANDSCHUCH Seaside Park, New Jersey In your article on shoes, Manolo Blahnik is quoted as saying, "I am embarrassed. People are dying and I do these frivolous things." I won der how your editors feel? This glib, facile story was unworthy of your magazine. PETER SPURGING Seattle, Washington I very much enjoyed the article. It seems that the mundane, day-to-day artifacts in our lives sometimes have significant stories to tell. CHRISTOPHER IMHOF Broomfield, Colorado Your historical perspective on shoes omitted the best darn piece of high-stepping paraphernalia ever-the penny loafer. In what other shoe can you conveniently wedge Corrections, Clarifications September 2006: Manchurian Mandate The picture on pages 66-7 shows an oil pump, not an oil derrick. in coins for that all-important one- and two-cent tax awaiting you at some registers? JEROME CHANEY Martinez, California Cathy Newman informs us that Neil Armstrong's boots and nine other pairs are still on the lunar surface. So what's the story behind the two missing pairs of the 12 men who walked on the moon? KURT ROSADO Ocean Shores, Washington Weight allowance on the lunar missions: Ten of the twelve astronauts left their boots on the moon in order to bring back more lunar rocks to Earth. But on Apollo 17, the last moon mission, Harrison Schmitt and Eugene Cernan sacrificed some rocks so they could return their boots to NASA for examination. Killer Pride What is the point of the arti cle? Is it entertaining or educa tional to see animals torturing others to death? Isn't there enough cruelty in the world that is dangled in front of our noses every day without also seeing it in vivid color in the animal kingdom? BILL KOHLER Endicott, New York Kudos for the article by the Joubert team. Superb photos and text. I suspect that the Jouberts became members of the pride during their study keeping a discreet distance, but close enough for their remark able photos. I am sure that I am one of many who appreciate their beautifully illustrated and written fieldwork. JIM SECREST Mariposa, California "FOR THE INCREASE AND DIFFUSION OF GEOGRAPHIC KNOWLEDGE" The National Geographic Society is chartered in Washington, D.C., as a nonprofit scientific and educational organization. Since 1888 the Society has supported more than 8,000 explorations and research projects, adding to knowledge of earth, sea, and sky. JOHN M. 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